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This trip starts with a historical visit to one of the most persevered Roman Decapolis “Jarash” followed by a visit to Ajlun castle. The north is the greener part of Jordan where you will stay an overnight in beautiful cabin in a forest reserve surrounded with stunning views of dominated mountains by open woodlands of Evergreen Oak, Pine, Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry trees.
After your traditional Jordanian breakfast, you can enjoy a beautiful self-guided hike in clean nature followed by a special visit to the Soap House, the Biscuit house and the house of calligraphy where you can experience hand-made organic products by the local community women.
By noon, you will have a very interesting tour to the new home of rescued wild life animals such as lions, bears, tigers and a hyena where you can learn about their origin and how they were rescued.
Return to Amman in the afternoon.
The cabins in the north are limited so booking in advance helps to find availability.
2 Days Tour
Amman, Queen Alia Airport
Food & culture
Nature & Wildlife
Transportation in a comfortable car
English Speaking Driver
1 night in the reserve
Self-guided hike in the reserve
1 Local Organic Breakfast
Comfortable Hiking Clothes and Shoes
Your Jordan Pass
A clear mind for a fascinating experience
A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan. Its imposing ceremonial gates, colonnaded avenues, temples and theatres all speak to the time when this was an important imperial centre. Even the most casual fan of archaeology will enjoy a half-day at the site – but take a hat and sunscreen in the warmer months, as the exposed ruins can be very hot to explore.
This historic castle was built atop Mt ‘Auf (1250m) between 1184 and 1188 by one of Saladin’s generals, ‘Izz ad Din Usama bin Munqidh (who was also Saladin’s nephew). The castle commands views of the Jordan Valley and three wadis leading into it, making it an important strategic link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders and a counterpoint to the Crusader Belvoir Fort on the Sea of Galilee in present-day Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Ajloun Forest Reserve is located in the Ajloun highlands north of Amman and covers 13 square kilometers. It is dominated by open woodlands of Evergreen Oak, Pine, Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry trees. These trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty, and quite often for medicine and food.
The Ajloun area has a long history of human settlement, due to its mild climate, dense forests, and fertile soil. This rich history is reflected in the many archaeological ruins scattered in the woodlands and surrounding villages. The reserve itself supports a wide variety of wild plants and animals and is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature. Among the more unusual animals to be found in the Reserve are the Striped Hyena, Crested Porcupine and Stone Marten. In spring, the reserve is a carpet of wild flowers, including drifts of anemones and rockroses.
The Ajloun Forest Reserve is a nature reserve located in the Ajloun Governorate in north-west Jordan. Established by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in 1988 in the area around the village of Umm Al-Yanabi, it comprises an area of 13 square kilometres (5 sq mi). The reserve houses a captive breeding programme for the locally extinct roe deer and has been declared an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. There are also a number of hiking trails for visitors that varies from easy-going self guided hikes to more advanced one. This could be arranged directly with the lodge keepers upon check in.
Surrounded by the Ajloun Forest Reserve, rising above the exposed cliff of an old quarry, the Royal Academy for Nature Conservation is the first center in the Arab world specialized in offering training on the protection of nature and sustainable development.
The Center is open for visitors, who besides of getting acquainted with its activities and educational programmes, can enjoy the restaurant overlooking the forest, and buy beautiful handicrafts and traditional food produced by local communities.
The Biscuit House is currently owned and managed by local community women under a newly adopted community engagement model, where the women are transformed from traditional employees to actual local community entrepreneurs. Under this model, RSCN hopes to further build the capacity of those communities, provide them with the necessary know-how to manage and sustain their own income generating projects.
The Biscuit House was originally funded through Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature for five years. Upon the House’s proven success, it was handed over to local community women as of September 2014. The women continue the production of RSCN Jordanian Delights products, branded Tasali.
Learn about the six most famous types of Arabic calligraphy and practice drawing your name in your favorite style. The House of Calligraphy promotes for dialogue between cultures and allows the visitor to be enchanted by the beauty of the Arabic language. You can also personalize your own postcard or frame to take back home as a souvenir while also supporting income generating activities for the local community women
At the Soap House located at the Royal Academy for the Conservation of Nature, local women use a variety of local ingredients, including lavender, geranium, mint and pomegranate, to create high-quality handmade natural olive oil soaps named Orjan Soap.
The soaps are all produced using pure olive oil, combined with other natural oils, plant extracts and pure essential oils. Olive oil soap has numerous healing benefits for the skin; it is an ultra-moisturizing and mild soap that promotes a youthful natural glow through its ability to soften, hydrate and revitalize the skin. Olive oil soap is also rich in vitamin E and anti-oxidants. Consequently, this soap is extremely gentle when used to cleanse and refresh the skin.
All Orjan Soaps are natural and made with at least 90% pure olive oil. This soap is used for all skin types. No artificial colors, no chemicals or fragrances are added to the soap to ensure an eco-friendly process, making it safer for you and for our environment.
Al Ma’wa is perched on the hills outside Jerash in one of the few forested areas in the country, an hour north of the capital, Amman. The centre is supported by the Princess Alia Foundation and Four Paws.
the sanctuary covers 140 hectares, 75 of which are used for enclosures for large animals, the first of which arrived in Autumn 2016. Al Ma’wa currently provides shelter and care for 17 African lions, 2 Bengali tigers, 2 Syrian brown bears and 2 Asian black bears.